Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review: No Easy Day

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin LadenNo Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was skeptical when this book was published 2 years ago. I thought the hype around the book might have caused the actual content to be over stated, so I sat on this one for a while. So a few days ago, it hit the top of my list, and I started turning page, after page, after page. No Easy Day is *that* good.

The book is split into 2 parts essentially. The first half of the book discusses Navy SEALs and the Green Team, giving you insight into how they operate, what makes them so good, and a variety of missions they had been on in Iraq and Afghanistan since late 2001. The second half is where the book gets really interesting, as it walks you through when the team is initially assembled, to training, to a walk through of the mission to take out "Geronimo".

The books true value, as I'm sure many others have already indicated, is to give you perspective and appreciation for the sacrifice and hard work our service men and women perform for our country, day in and day out. If this book was truly just about finding and killing Bin Laden, it could have been written in just 2 short chapters. Instead this book dedicates time to explain why the teams are so good at what they do, and why they do it.

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